|Chinatrust Brothers – No. 97|
Born: September 7, 1985|
|2015, for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters|
- 1 Early career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Lively was born in Susanville, California, where he attended Lassen High School. The hurler later attended California State University Sacramento, where he played baseball and football, where he was the punter. He averaged 40.83 yards per punt, the second-best mark in school history among punters with at least 50 attempts. On the mound, he had a 4.95 ERA in 14 games in 2004 and, after not playing in 2005, was 0-6 with a 7.42 ERA in 2006. During his final campaign, 2007, he was 1-3 with eight saves and a 8.07 ERA. He led the Western Athletic Conference in saves.
Despite his lackluster numbers, the Colorado Rockies drafted him in the 16th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, two picks ahead of pitcher Steve Edlefsen. He was signed by scout Gary Wilson. He was 1-0 with two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings pitched for the Casper Rockies that year and was released following the season.
San Francisco Giants
He signed with the independent San Angelo Colts of the United Baseball League for 2008, pitching 11 games and earning four saves, posting a 2.13 ERA and striking out 18 batters in 12 2/3 innings before inking a contract with the San Francisco Giants part way through the year. To finish the year, he pitched for the AZL Giants, allowing no runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Augusta Greenjackets, going 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 10 games. Overall, he had a 1.61 mark in 23 games. 2009 was split between Augusta, with whom he allowed 9 runs in 17 2/3 frames, the San Jose Giants (5.23 ERA in 16 games) and the Connecticut Defenders, with whom he had a 0.70 ERA in 14 games. Overall, he had a 3.23 mark in 43 games. He spent 2010 with Augusta (going 4-2 with a save and a 4.89 ERA in 24 games) and the Richmond Flying Squirrels (going 2-4 with three saves and a 3.90 ERA in 23 games). He had a 4.41 ERA in 47 games overall. In 2011, he had a 2.14 ERA with nine saves in 56 appearances between San Jose and Richmond and in 2012, his first year at Triple-A Fresno, he was 8-4 with a 2.99 ERA in 47 relief appearances. He converted to starting pitching for 2013, going 7-5 with a 4.72 ERA in 30 games (20 starts) for Fresno. With the Navegantes del Magallanes during the Venezuelan Winter League, he went 6-1 with a 1.46 ERA to win Pitcher of the Year honors.
In late 2013, he adopted a windmill windup—rare in modern baseball, but reminiscent of players like Satchel Paige and Bob Feller—which he used through 2014. He began the 2014 campaign in the Giants system, but after posting a 5.08 ERA in 22 games (15 starts) for Fresno, he was released.
In late July, the Nationals signed him and assigned the hurler to their Triple-A squad, the Syracuse Chiefs. He was 5-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 9 games (7 starts) for them and 11-6 with a 4.72 ERA in 31 games overall. He also averaged 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. After being granted free agency in November, the Nationals re-signed him to a minor league contract on December 16.
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Lively was released by the Nationals at the end of the 2015 season, when he went to play for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League in Japan. He made 16 appearances for the Fighters (all in relief), pitched 18 2/3 innings, didn't have a decision, had an ERA of 5.30, struck out 22.
Mexican Baseball (2016-2018)
Broncos de Reynosa
Bravos de León
On March 7, 2017, Lively announced that he would return to the Mexican Baseball League with the Bravos de León. He had a record of 7-2, and led the team in ERA (2.41). He tied for the team lead with 60 strikeouts, despite missing part of the season with an injury. He became a fan favourite in León, and acquired the nickname "The Boss".
Venados de Mazatlán
He remained in Mexico to play for the Venados de Mazatlán of the Mexican Pacific League for the 2017-2018 season. He had a 9-2 record, and the nine wins led the league. He had eight straight wins at one point in the season. His 2.50 ERA was second-lowest in the league, and his 63 strikeouts were second-best in the league. He was named Pitcher of the Year by the Mexican Pacific League.
- Ex-Sac State punter Lively makes pitch for Giants job Archived 2015-01-19 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Baseball Cube
- Lassen County Times article
- 2007 draft
- Life in the minors for ex-Hornet
- Pitching in the Americas Archived 2015-01-19 at the Wayback Machine.
- Syracuse Chiefs pitcher Mitch Lively goes old school when a special delivery is needed
- Llega el lanzador Mitch Lively Venados press release, 4 October 2017
- LMP regular season ends, playoffs to begin Monday 1 January 2018
- "Chinatrust Brothers bring back Nick Additon, eyeing Mitch Lively". January 17, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.